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Hi gals.
Getting ready to go bowling.
Rolled out of bed and went for my walk before the heat could get me.
Yeh, Joy.

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Well, something or someone took care of the tarantula. When I arrived this morning there was a little fuzzy spider leg and some other unidentified body part on the ground below where he spent all day yesterday. (Humming Taps) It really was pretty small (as tarantulas go), I've seen them as big as my hand and this guy was only about 3 inches across. Don't know as I'd want to pet one, though. Caz, I've held a small alligator--his jaws were taped closed, however. And I was wondering about that big old snake around your neck in your photo gallery!

Jeri--autumn chill!--NO, say it isn't so! We are hoping it will still be summer next week in Wisconsin. I was wondering how you would tolerate a swim in Lake Michigan. A wet-suit is wise. It's a mighty cold body of water!

Joy, I know what you mean about computer stuff. I downloaded and installed a software update at home yesterday and there was a lot of waiting involved ;)

Busy morning today. It's lunchtime and my first opportunity to take a deep breath.

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Great day yesterday, beautiful morning today! Not a lot of garage progress yesterday, but some. DGS spent the day here setting up a new computer for me; long day for him but it's like watching paint dry! Do a little, wait, do a little . . .So we got in a lot of visiting too, DD came over on her lunch break at a nearby school. Teachers are in inservices already, the start of school is only a couple of weeks off. Then when done here for the day, DS,DGS and I went to Olive Garden for dinner. I love their soup and do well with an appetizer for the rest of my dinner. More fun than a lot of the workdays. Enjoying the guys. Appliances are in place and level this morning and freezer fits perfectly. WE are pleased! Enjoy your week, keep moving!

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Good morning! It is an absolutely beautiful morning in Kentucky. There is an autumn chill in the air. I started the day with a 4 mile run with friends. My friend, Karen, is always saying, "I'm tired, and I'm going to go slow." Well, she lies... every single time! She is a tiny, tiny woman, and she is like a rocket!
In less than two weeks I will be in Milwaukee competing in the Olympic Distance Triathlon Age Group National Championships. I'm getting excited!! I ordered a wetsuit last night. It should be here today. Yay!! I'm going to have to practice in it this weekend. Nervous, nervous, nervous... excited nervous, not scared nervous...

She woke up one morning and threw away all her excuses...
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Caz: emoticon

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7/29/14 3:25 A

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Morning Guys
Joy agree with you about ladders! oh to be a couple of inches taller LOL, glad you were saved from the storm damage. We've had some flash floods in the south and transport came to a halt in Worthing (south coast) as the station was totally under water.
Patti emoticon
Laurie I am gettng better with spiders but would baulk at a tarantula. A couple of years back after visiting our friends here in Norfolk we stopped off at a Motorway Stop for a loo break and two women were raising money for charity by allowing their snakes, spiders and reptiles to be handled. I was thoroughly enjoying myself until I saw the huge tarantula; just couldn't bring myself to have it on my hand, but I loved Bea the Boa Constrictor-man she was heavy around my neck. An experience for sure (I have pics on my gallery).
Marilyn2 I use Yoga stretches as part of my cool down and do 15mins every night before bed, love the relaxing nature of the positions.
Cat do we get to see your efforts on your new sewing room?
Lynette, a productive day. emoticon on emoticon

The weather is bootiful today so off a beach walk then want to get some gardening in as the recycling bin is collected tomorrow morning.

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14 hour day today, prepping and painting, after a long day yesterday too, and the painting is not done. Early bedtime tonight and hope that I have some energy and advice ( sure wish I could get some help, sigh) tomorrow.
Weight is at goal, working hard and too busy to eat much.
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It's been another busy day. At least I have been sewing in my new sewing room!! WooHoo. A long time coming.
Had to get up, get dressed, and get the dogs out the door this morning for an early walk. We were home by 7 a.m. It got to and stayed and 80 today which is warm for our area. But it's been nice.
Hope you all have a stellar evening.

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Joy, yoga is now on my 'forever' list too! My second yoga class (with a different instructor - this one is the woman who owns the studio) was challenging. Some was the different postures, but some (I think) was because of my soreness from Saturday. This will be a good exercise in patience - I'm planning to go back Wednesday and Friday.

LOL Laurie, I guess a 'small' tarantula is good compared to a LARGE one, but just the thought of it gives me the creeps! Hope he has found a new home by the time you leave. Wisconsin in August sounds perfect!! Our forecast is for a cool front to come through later today to cool things down a bit - I sure hope they got it right!!

Hope everyone is having a MOST EXCELLENT Monday!!

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Another bug report from the wilds of Texas. There is a small tarantula guarding the office door where I come in to work. Spiders don't creep me out, and it's actually pretty cool. He'll probably move on and be gone by tomorrow morning.

Caz, Mom and I are heading up to Wisconsin to visit family. And to escape the Texas heat. I'm just hoping we don't freeze to death! It's been a pretty mild summer this year, not many days over 100 degrees.

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Good morning everyone. Hope you have a great day.

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Good Morning All, Busy day today; need to get my abs in early as both DS and DGS will be here this morning. DGS is off to college in a couple of weeks and has a new laptop. He's refurbished his old desktop and gifting it to me. He says it will be 7x faster than my current desktop which is painfully slow! Hope it all goes well, I'm always worried about losing files but he's very good with technology.
Garage project blog was a last minute effort last night. I'd realized that it was already becoming too much for one blog! I'm pleased with the progress and enjoy teasing DS about how much easier his life is because he doesn't need a ladder! Does make working in those tight places easier; but also makes him vulnerable to back problems. It was fun to find so many positive responses first thing this morning already! Thank you!
We had a good, needed, soaking rain yesterday and escaped the damaging storms that hit around us. Lots of trees down in other areas. Cool and clear this morning, a garage door up work day.
Marilyn2, What a great deal on the yoga class! Mine is part of my gym membership which is also very reasonable. I love the way yoga makes me feel and function! It's on my forever list!
Be well everyone!

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Morning Guys
Looks like everyone had a good weekend.
Patti hope your week is productive but not hectic LOL
Joy just seen your blog, awesome project is coming along wonderfully
Javajunkiejac thanks for the link
Marilyn2 good for you for joining a class, and what a great deal. There are benefits to being an older exerciser.
Laurie enjoy your trip! Where are you off to?
Cat hun, you're always busy emoticon

Had hoped to go to the festival for the final day yesterday but it was raining til about 3 and by then the feeling had gone. Pity we didn't think to go after dinner as there was a firework finale!
Still we're close enough to the cliff top to be able view it from our conservatory so didn't miss out on the light show, just the atmosphere. Next year we'll know better!
Quiet day here, having my hair highlighted at 12.15 (earlier than usual as my stylist has a "works and safety meeting" to attend). So need my Barnet cut! My hair is so thick and always need the thining scissors going through it. Guess I should consider myself lucky I'm not likely to go bald! LOL

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7/27/14 8:12 P

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Busy day.
Stay well.

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Wow, can't believe it's been so long since I checked in on the team. Between testing at work and getting ready for a trip in a week, I don't have any spare time at all. I've just been doing the minimum online. Still exercising and tracking, though.

My sister came down in April and we painted the kitchen and family room yellow. It looks so much better than the white walls and now I want to paint the rest of the condo. Won't happen soon, though. Too much going on for the next few months. We definitely got a good workout!

And speaking of exercising...I better get going!

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I forgot to tell you yesterday about my morning adventure - I took my first yoga class in about 25 years yesterday morning! I've done DVDs but not a class. I'm VERY sore today which I consider a GOOD thing - obviously I worked out some muscles that needed it!! This studio offers unlimited classes for $55 a month BUT - for seniors its only $25! I can't wait to go back for my second class tomorrow!! Its GOOD to be a senior LOL.

Marilyn, one of the nice things about being on Spark teams is you can ASK if anyone has used a product you are considering! Quite often you'll find they have and can give you the 'real deal' story on how they work. Isn't it a good feeling to toss some of that stuff? I'm still working on it but I've made some progress.

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7/27/14 1:44 P

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This a great article on foods that make you feel full.

http://www.everydayhealth.com/weight/foo
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emoticon emoticon Good Morning All, Storming now and I'm glad for the rain, Sugar is stressed, Xena is out in it somewhere. She's had yard privileges this summer. It took 3 years but I now consider her secure in the yard; until she proves me wrong. She does wear a collar with ID. Comes when called, loves her treats! :)
Caz, I fully understand about the festival; I'm leaning more and more towards taking less pictures and just enjoying the moment! Take a few, to mark the occasion.
Smiling as I read the "paint" comments. My house is full of color; but the new wall in my garage is "bleached linen", one of the many shades of white. My washer and dryer were in the darkest corner of the garage with an old washtub for years; a "laundry area" by function only! The change is coming slowly, son is a perfectionist; but it is much brighter already and I'm looking forward to when everything is finished and back in place. It will still be a garage, ceiling open, pipes exposed. But that's not what I will be looking at. Smiles.
Enjoy your Sunday everyone!


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Good morning everyone. Hope you have a great day.

Caz: You have a good weekend as well

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Morning guys
Joy sounds like the garage is coming along nicely. Loved the video! Love that song!
Lynette emoticon on hitting goal- don't worry about the temporary gain, weight varies daily.
Anne it is very humid at the mo and I've been getting my walks/workouts in extra early before it gets unbearable. Sorry you're suffering the hot flushes on top- glad I'm done with that LOL
Marilyn2 thanks for the link.
Patti have a good weekend hun
Cat sounds like you have a great project there.
Marilyn too, I love a good clear out LOL

Cliff top festival was great yesterday but too few pics taken- enjoying it too much!
There was a Wall of Death, loads of fair rides and games, groups playing and way too much unhealthy food on offer................and I only had an ice-cream emoticon - to be honest nothing else appealed; Thai meals, fish and chips, hot dogs, burgers ..............on a swelteringly hot day?? No thanks.

Might go down again today as other displays will be on

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A line in a Robbie Williams song I try to live by.....
"I know I'm going to die so my revenge is living well, Oh Lord...make me pure....but not yet!"
and fav quote
"You only live once...but if you live it right, once is enough"



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Hi Everybody!
Caz, the Clifftop Festival sounds like a lot of fun. Very different.
Jeri, Loved your reference to the Frankenstein shuffle. It puts an amusing spin on getting going in the morning.
Marilyn, I like your suggestion of Greek yogurt. I switched over to it from regular yogurt awhile back and am glad I did.
Anne, Glad to hear from you. Painting is definitely exercise. Hope it turns out as you envisioned.

Cat, The car museum sounded like fun.
Joy, Glad you are getting some results with the change in your eating habits.

Yesterday we had the cleaning lady in, which is only 6 times a year to save money. Everything
Is nice and clean. And it gave DH & I an opportunity to clean out the bathroom closet and get
rid of expired health aids, creams that didn't work, etc. It was wonderful to have his help, as this is a big closet that was stuffed to the brim. I am going to try to be smarter about buying
products that seem to be too good to be true. I never buy stuff on infomercials, but there are plenty of cleaning products that seem like they would work but don't do the job.

We are camping today. It is raining right now, but we are enjoying being inside and listening to
the rain.

Have a great weekend!

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Hi all. Went to a very small and local VW car show today. Very cute cars of all ages and type.
Since the bed is gone from the guest room I have been in doing some organizing. As soon as my SO has my thread spool/bobbin rack redone (adding more pegs) and hung I will be in full operation. WooHoo!
The Oregon grape is not a grape. It's a bush (from Oregon) that has leaves like a holly and it grows clusters of little berries with large seeds. The seeds must be cooked and mashed out of the berry for eating. I can't relate the flavor to anything else I've eaten, except good.
The other berries I get from a local berry farm. It's U-pick but they sell flats also. I buy gallons of puree from them in buckets. This saves me money, time and aggravation.

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Good afternoon everyone. I got back from my errands and now I am just relaxing a bit and cooling down.

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Good afternoon maintainers!!

Joy, I LOVE that you are solving your own medical issues with food changes! The older I get the more I find myself wanting to do everything I can to not need any prescription help!!

Caz, a swiffer is just a disposable dusting cloth that fits over a specially made dustmop - perhaps you don't have them there? Or they are called something different? www.swiffer.com/products/cleaning-so
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Here is a link to show you. With my dog I really need to swiffer every day - not that I always do! My DH is like yours - doesn't notice a new cut (but then I don't change it much). Great attitude about Jackie's bungalow. I agree - everything happens for a reason. And its not as if they were ready to move in right now.

Add me to the list of those who has a hard time making wall color decisions. Our current home DIDN'T have white walls when we moved in (all our other homes did other than those that had wallpaper) but they are still a nice neutral light taupe. So I'm staying with that color LOL (can't decide to do anything else!!)

Cat, I NEED to have a 'flurry of cleaning' soon. I've vacuumed and done some decluttering but I NEED a real deep down cleaning mood to start!!

Java, that is easy to do this time of year!! I suspect it is responsible for a couple of extra pounds on me too.

Joy loved your video!!

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Joy just watched your link it was fun made me smile. Nice to have your DS helping you out
Caz look forward to some photos you have a lovely day for it

Like others especially at this time of year I eat tons of fruit and especially grapes,and berries.
I have not slept well for over a week as it is so hot + my hot flushes so have felt drained but to-day I have managed to do my 5k park run and enjoy it even although hot and sticky. We are just not use to the hot humid temps we have had in England over the last 2 weeks.


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Hi again, Back from walking. This was in my mail. You know I'm a firm believer in building activity into your day. I challenge ANYONE to watch this sitting still! emoticon

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just caught up on posts and have another busy day ahead. I'm up much earlier than usual but so much to do this wkend. I would have liked to go back to sleep after the Frankenstein shuffle but just couldn't. So a load of laundry is in, posture exercises done, list written, weigh-in done.
I hit my goal weight yesterday but ....yeah, it bounced back up this morning. Sigh.
A bit of Sparking and then it's time to get to work. Have a wonderful wkend, all!

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Jeri, Cat and All, Thanks for the input! I probably have been over indulging on fruit. I eat 6-7 servings of fresh fruit per day. Watermelon, cantaloupe, strawberries, blueberries, cherries, peaches and nectarines are a main stay here :) I need to diversify my snacks based on your comments because I don't switch up my menu enough. I will add back in my cottage cheese that I only ate once or twice a week because of the calories/fat per portion. I have been eating too few fats and proteins based on my nutrition report.
Again, thanks for the input. This forum is a GREAT resource of information and support! emoticon

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Good Morning All, Looks like a nice day today. It will be another garage day. I have the cabinets done and got the table top stripped yesterday and the finish started. What I have in mind will take multiple steps. Son has started the painting but it's slow going. All those challenges, (pipes, wires, vents, ductwork) that he had to drywall around, have to be hand painted around too. The block wall has pipes too and painting around them is time consuming; he's very particular and doing a great job! Enjoying working with him!
Looking forward to a nice weekend and hoping for some rain tonight.
CAT, Do you grow the blackberries and grapes for your jam? Blackberry is my favorite!
CAZ, have great fun today; I'm looking forward to the pictures!
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Morning Guys
Off to the festival after my workout and brekkie.
Will take some pics....................

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Made two batches of blackberry jam today and remade my OR grape jam (it will be syrup if it doesn't thicken this time).
Also had a flurry of cleaning activity before starting the jam.
Guys came and took the guest bed away so the room is now mine.
Hope you all have a stellar day.

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The week has flown by, but I always love my Fridays! Marilyn, I also like the Dannon Light & Fit Greek Yogurt, esp. caramel machiatto and toasted coconut! Anne, I always have troubles picking paint colors, too, and when I finally make a decision, they never look like I thought they would on the walls! Not hard to understand, though, when there are 150 different shades of WHITE! Looking forward to spending the night at the cabin and attending my son's baseball team's playoff games on Saturday and Sunday.

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Good Morning All, Yes, sleeping well! : ) I'm up early this morning as I need to take my car in for service this morning. DS will meet me at the dealer and I'll come home with him; then he will take me back on his way home this afternoon. Pleased with the garage progress but it is going slow. We're only actually working about 4 hours a day, more time as lots of breaks and "think time". Yesterday was more problem solving; a removable panel to cover the pipes for the washer, trim around ceiling air ducts then finally "cutting in" with a paintbrush, areas behind pipes etc. slow going. There's a block wall to paint too that's never been painted. I may get on that today, thinking all the mortar joints might have to be done with a brush before he rolls it. I have the two cabinets painted now and started stripping the tabletop last night. Enjoying the DS time!
Cool this morning, will be a good day to work with the garage door up. All is well. Enjoy your day!

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Morning Guys
Joy I reckon you must be sleeping really well right now- exhausted but happy from all your work. Eagerly awaiting pics........please?
HI Patti, *waves*
Jeri *Frankenstein Shuffle" LOL.. Hope you get your swim in today, 3rd time lucky.
MN you'll soon be back in the swing!
Marilyn what is "swiffer".......a new word to me? I had my hair cut short for a brain operation in 2007 and much prefer it. Yes wash it daily but it's soon styled. I could never go back to long hair now, love my pixie style.
Anne Jackie and I used to go to the Drifters Nights and they always left us feeling like we'd partied all night, such great songs. Neutral colours always look better and yes it is a good workout. I love decorating but at the moment this place is as we like it.
Cat be glad your other half notice the cut- mine says .....can't see any difference!! MEN! LOL

Quiet day here; heard yesterday Jackie's bungalow has fallen through because of financial restrictions! Bummer. There is something better waiting for her for sure.
Pleased i got the gardening done yesterday, laws mowed and edges cut (amazes me how many people stop to chat as I'm working- love it) and chores done that I normally do at the weekend. Looking forward to the festival!


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CAT, I'm trying to avoid ANY fat free products that ADD other chemicals to replicate the consistency of the product with fat. I don't know that they are a problem, but I suspect for me they are. Time will tell. I don't even have a label to check but basically any glycerol derivatives; i.e. mono and diglycerides and any of the gums. This rash is a clumping of white blood cells below the surface of the skin so they can't pass through the capillaries. I think these chemicals, among other things, may trigger that clumping. What I get from MD's is they don't know the cause and there is no cure. Just because they don't know the cause; doesn't mean there isn't one. I'm monitoring how my body reacts and fat free products seem to make it angry. I'm looking at things that affect my body that I have done differently in the last two years. I now eat FAGE yogurt and it is just yogurt, nothing else. Trying to eat clean in other areas too. Also including more healthy fats; I was eating almost fat free! Not good. I consider olive oil as the WD40 of the blood stream. Rash is not gone, but doing much better and not spreading at this time. Google GA if you want to know more about it. I haven't found anyone taking the approach I'm taking; but nothing better to offer either. smiles.

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Caz, I opened the festival link you included. Looks like a fun weekend.

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Anne, I love redoing a room. Don't get to happen very often due to the general man thing where change is not good!!
The car museum and visit with friend yesterday was great.
Today I got a haircut. First thing out of SO's mouth when he saw me was "too short'. Ugh. I don't care!
I am an audio book listener also. I download from our library as many as they let me, transfer them to my 2 MP3 players and then load up again when my 7 days is up. Always have plenty to listen to.
Joy, what is the additive in the FFCC you are avoiding?
I make my own yogurt every month. It's not thick like Greek as I do not strain out the whey. It's too nutritious to strain it out. My Yogurmet makes a 2 qt batch and after it cools down a day in the frig I decant it into pint canning jars so I don't disturb but a pint at a time dipping into it.
Anyway, have a great evening all.

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Not been spending much time on the computer recently but am logging into sparks each day. I have decorated my lounge I went back to white as was overwhelmed trying to choose a colour and wanted to lightened the room. I painted 3 walls and wallpapered 1 (again white with a subtle line). My legs got a great work out stepping up and down on the stool. I also gave into DH and have rearranged the furniture will take a bit of getting use to. Weather too hot and humid for me but trying to keep my walking up. Was out last night with 30 girls from work had a great time it was the drifters in concert and they had us all up singing and dancing in our seats. Looks like everyone is keeping busy emoticon


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Holy Cow - it doesn't pay to miss a day here - so many posts to catch up on - love it!!

You guys are making me feel like I'm very lazy - this is a busy group of women!! Wellll, I did vacuum today but still need to swiffer. And I've done ST the last two days - not sure I'll get it in today as I have a Mammo appt. at 3:30pm. Cardio (mostly walking) is easy for me because I love it (or the audiobooks I listen to while I walk) but ST... not so much. But I do it anyway, as often as I can make myself.

The grands are here today but DH took them to a movie this afternoon.

Jeri our humidity is very high too. I'm already ready for fall!! I suspect fruit is why I'm over my goal weight right now - but I refuse NOT to eat watermelon and cherries while they are in season - the season is too short!! I'm giggling at your 'Frankenstein Shuffle' - I've never had a name for it but I surely do it at times!! Same with the baggy eyes - yikes!

Java, slow and steady wins the race!! Goal dates are important, but just not giving up is what gets us there in the long run.

On the tracking thing, I track religiously except when we travel (and I should do it then but probably never will - I just try to be careful.) I generally eat between 1750 and 2000 calories a day.

Joy, I did the same thing to my metabolism when I was younger and was a yoyo dieter for many years. I like this way much better. I AM on facebook (to keep up with pictures of my very large extended family), but I agree - some of these youngsters post things there that are not exactly appropriate (IMHO) for an audience that includes my oldest sister (their grandmother) LOL. Sometimes I cringe when I read their posts.

For adding protein I like Dannon Light Greek Yogurt. For 80 calories, 12 grams of protein and only 8 grams of carbs I think its awesome.

Marilyn, hopefully the novelty of your email group will wear off soon - my family has a large email group and it did with us. There are still a group of us who write close to daily, but many don't write (even if they read.)

Caz, your festival sounds like fun - hope the weather cooperates!!

Mn, now you have me thinking about frozen margaritas - I pretty much gave up alcohol to lose weight (not just because of the calories but because I tend to lose eating discretion when I drink) but I think its about time for one!!

ok - I'd better get my hair dried. I enjoy having longer hair but I do NOT enjoy drying it. Which is why I keep it in a ponytail so much LOL.

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Wow, it's hard to catch up with all the posts after being gone on vacation! I skimmed them to keep up with you all! Busy as ever! I was afraid to step on the scale when I got back but was pleased to see that I weighed exactly the same as the day I left. Since I ate too much (esp. desserts) and drank alcoholic drinks (my sister-in-law makes irresistible frozen margaritas!), and got no exercise, I'm now motivated to get busy to get back down to my maintenance weight! It has been sneaking back on and when I went shopping had to go to bigger sizes and I'm not liking that AT ALL! As busy as I've been, I need to find time for more consistent exercise and step up the intensity!

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So nice to know I'm not the only one doing the Frankenstein shuffle in the morning; takes me awhile to "get moving". Smiles. emoticon

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Good morning. I woke up to go swim, got out of bed, did the Frankenstein Shuffle into the bathroom, turned on the light, looked in the mirror, scared myself with my baggy eyes, said, "ugghhh," and then turned out the light and shuffled back to bed for another hour of sleep. That's two days this week I've missed my swim. Oh well. I'll hit the pool tomorrow.

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Good Morning All. Today is paint day! Lots of prep gone into this project. Getting a few "side projects" taken care of along the way "while we have the tools and materials out". I finished painting the wall and base cabinets yesterday. Not new, but do look better and "it is the garage" no matter what we do! Fell asleep in my chair last night and have missed yoga this week but new morning streak is on day 11. All is great here!
CAT, I've switched to Greek Yogurt for my extra protein; pricier but in my effort to fight this GA I've been eating cleaner. I'm determined to beat it! The FFCC has additives that I'm trying to avoid. One of my suspects, but no more than that.
JERI, emoticon Plus, fruit is my weakness too! I shop only for myself so I just limit how much I buy. Some, like apples, are fine; but, I will overeat on bananas, cherries, strawberries, grapes, watermelon and fresh pineapple. I suspect all higher in sugar. Adding more protein and healthy fats to my diet has been a good thing. Never occurred to me to ADD fat to my diet!!
MARILYN1, I hope your mass texts settle down. I for one, DON'T WANT TO KNOW everything about everyone! That's why I'm not on facebook!
LYN, I love working outdoors! That's how I get some of my best workouts! Congratulations on that NSV! Sweet!
CAZ, Enjoy the festival! Looking forward to hearing about it.
Be well everyone and stay active!

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Morning Guys
Loads to do today as this weekend sees the annual Cliff Top Festival
www.clifftopfestival.info/guide.html
This will be our first time (we weren't here last year LOL) and John and Vicki say it's a real hoot.

So the mowing will get done today and all my chores....and a good walk first before it gets too hot

Have a great day all xx

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was asked to work doing some landscaping grunt work so I had another busy day, doing that!
After a long,lovely shower I feel human again. I am soooo close to hitting my goal weight. The NSV to go with the # is comfortably getting into/wearing an expensive pair of Tilley brand shorts that have been sitting in my drawer for a couple of years. So after my shower, I decided to put on those shorts. Proud of myself!
Marilyn, that community text thing sounds just awful. I think email eats up a lot of time but this idea is a nightmare!
Time to tend to some pressing tasks. Hope everyone had a great hump day!



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Hi Everybody!
The days are definitely shorter now that I rarely get up at 6 AM. But I really enjoy getting more sleep.
Today I am feeling on info. overload. I have been deluged with texts and emails. A friend thought it would be a good idea to set up a group of about 12 friends to send mass texts. Also, if you respond to anyone, your response goes to everyone in the group. It is overwhelming.
I got about 20 pings in an hour or so. And if I turn off the ringer to silence those pings, I don't
hear my phone ring, so I end up playing phone tag. I hope the novelty of this wears off soon.
Grrrr....

Time to listen to some music and relax.
Have a great day!

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When you up your calories, you may notice a weight gain at first. That's okay. It will come off. More activity (not just exercise) is definitely key here. Exercise in the morning will start your metabolism for the day, but you will need to stay active during the day to keep it going. Protein and good fats will definitely help you break the plateau.

My weakness is fruit. I tend to overindulge on fruit, which is mostly sugar. Very little calories, but a lot of sugar. Grapes were my weakness. I had to really start watching my grape intake. I laid off the grapes for two weeks and lost 5 pounds. Now I'm sneaking them into my daily routine again.

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Off to the museum and ,my friend. First I scanned the cat.
Java, I would up the calories to a minimum of 1200 and add in low fat cottage cheese for the protein. (Joy taught me about cottage cheese!) Whenever I hit plateaus I would automatically change up my menu, increase my calorie intake, and keep do more cardio. It always worked - for me. Good luck.


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Actually I count calories today to make sure I don't go under 1500 as much as not over 2200. I really feel I messed up my metabolism with years of low calorie dieting and now it's working like it should. There was a time when I could gain on 1000 a day, both not active enough and I think my body was in "starvation mode" conserving calories and energy. Whatever, so glad to be where I am today! Hooping away!!

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I focus on activity a lot, too. I haven't tracked calories in a long time. I need to, because I would really like to take off about 4-5 pounds, but I guess I'm not super worried about them. Sitting all day at work really makes me lazy about things. I have to purposely get up and walk every so often. I have a set of weights at my desk, and I have started working on my arms again. I love the summer baseball/softball season with my grandkids, but I need to get back to my regular routine. My activity level has gotten all out of whack with their schedules.

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I'm eating between 1100 and 1300 calories a day. I may not be eating enough protein according to my progress reports. I will try upping it some daily. Thanks for the call out.
Another diet I was on one time said if you plateaued, eating larger than normal quantities of red meat for one day would help bounce you off the plateau. Going to try it.
Have a great day!

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Good Morning All, Was whipped by days end yesterday. I know I won't have all the dust up for awhile but I had to get the thick layer off the garage floor so it wouldn't track into the house. I prepped and "remodeled" a wall cabinet for the laundry area and got it painted. Looks good. Since I was painting I decided to also redo that table outside that I've used for gardening and grooming Sugar. It's really a nice table, sturdy. Good folding table for the laundry area and right by the door so an easy move to the patio for entertaining (which I don't do much). Have a new idea perking for the top which was totally ruined and why it was an "outside" table until now.
Javajunkiejac, plateaus happen, even more the closer you get to goal. I eat more calories now than I ever thought possible and maintain my weight. I had to learn to be more active. My focus here is on activity. Not just exercise, but building as much activity into my day as I can. My life has changed a LOT. I still watch my calories but rarely have less than 1500 a day and probably average around 2000.
Yes, CAZ, doing the Russian twists; but only 10 at the end of my abs routine and before the yoga stretches. I do use a dumbbell held out from my shoulders. That morning routine has settled into a 15 minute set.
As Jeri said, H&H here today. Cranking up the air. DS is coming to start painting. I have holes to fill in the trim and will probably be painting the trim. It has been so much fun working with him; usually don't get to see him much. He's off work right now and has the time. Keep moving everyone!

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Javajunkie, are you eating enough calories? I'm not sure how a ribeye will shock your system. Make sure you include enough fat and protein in your daily intake of calories, and you should start breaking through the plateau soon.

The air is heavy this morning. Really, really heavy. I intended to run 6 miles with speed work this morning, but when I stepped out the door and felt the chest-crushing humidity, I knew that wouldn't happen. I adjusted my goal to 4 miles. But by the time I got to the track, the air felt like it was just crushing my chest. I ended up with only three miles. They were speedy, but then I coughed so hard I had a really good ab workout. The humidity is awful today!

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Good morning everyone. Happy over the hump day.

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Well, I didn't hit my first mini goal since my return to SP which was to lose 15 lbs by my birthday today :( I have hit a plateau this past 8 days and keep vacillating between 11 and 12 lbs lost. Not Happy!
Gonna shock my system with a small ribeye tonight and see if that does it.
Oh well............perseverance.........


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Morning Ladies
Joy with all you're doing in the garage keeping streaks going is an achievement. Have you been trying the Russian Twists? Not surprised you're tired it's hard work- time to relax a little and rejuvenate. You'll be vacuuming in for months to come, dust has a habit of lingering LOL
Patti- tell me about it LOL. DH used to be so sore!
Marilyn2 sometimes a walk caught in the rain can be refreshing...I don't worry about dodging it now..........unless its a real downpour. Great you're back to your ST!
Lynette- busy bee. :)
Cat the museum sounds fun- I love vintage cars....so much more stylish than some of the models out now.

Had a good day visiting Gorleston Town yesterday looking for ornaments for the home, still got my walk in and some time in the garden. Didn't find anything though. DH is like a kid at Crimbo (Christmas) with all the bikes he's working on. He's been caked in oil from head to toe the last couple of days but has a beaming smile- so he's enjoying tinkering.

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"I know I'm going to die so my revenge is living well, Oh Lord...make me pure....but not yet!"
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"You only live once...but if you live it right, once is enough"



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You are right, busy thread and busy people.
The bed is out of my new sewing room and in the garage awaiting pickup by a group that helps domestic abuse women.
Already started rearranging the room. Can't wait to actually create something in my new space.
A good walk today as I finally dressed appropriately for the temperature. Duh.
Have a great evening.
Tomorrow we're headed to the LeMay Auto museum to meet a friend visiting close by that lives in MN. Can't wait to visit with him and to see the auto collection.

Cat

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busy thread here! I worked very hard for 3 days and today I am taking the day off, more or less. My garage door is prepped and primed but the forecast is for rain and it has been windy today so the paint (color) will have to wait.
To use up the primer in the" in use container" I slapped some on an end table and some craft items. Many projects on the go!
Because there was a great sale on, I also bought the paint for inside and scrubbed walls. My plan is the front entry, hallway, stairwell and landing, dining room will all be done. Maybe the back entry. Maybe the kitchen. One thing leads to another. My counters and floors are also in need of rejuvenation...
Ok, gotta get to a couple of tasks. TTYL

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Jeri, then I'll bet what my friends call 'no see ums' are chiggers. If they aren't I'll just hope NOT to find them LOL.

Marilyn, I'm back to healthy choices this week too. About time - I didn't do as well as I'd have liked to while on vacation! And today I started back with ST - I've been lax on that (though I got right back to my walking.)

LOL Laurie and Cat I agree - enough about bugs. They give me the willies!

Caz, I got in my second walk both yesterday and today. Both days I had to 'dodge' rain, but I got 'em done!! I know what you mean about a dishwasher - I don't always use it but I'd hate not having one! If only for a place to 'hide' dirty dishes when there isn't time to wash them.

Joy, I don't envy you dealing with drywall dust! From drywall dust I learned that 'when the dust settles' isn't just a 'saying' - it DOES keep settling! So I wouldn't be in too big a hurry to get it up if I were you - more will likely be settling!!

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Caz: Y ou are lucky that the mozzies do not bother you.

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Good Morning All, Humid this morning, going to be hot; so, like CAZ I will be walking early today. DS is taking the day off. I plan on vacuuming and cleaning up the drywall dust, the wall looks great. Also have two cabinets for the laundry area to paint. One from a friend that redid his kitchen and picked up a sturdy wall cabinet at the Restore yesterday. Perfect size for my needs. Have plenty to keep me busy today.
Bear has gone home for a few days, my friend still doesn't have a diagnosis for this new pain and she is scared, and was missing Bear. Her son is helping with walking him.
I've been missing yoga again, tired at the end of these garage days; but my morning abs streak is intact as is my hoop streak; walking too is not neglected. Life is good.

Joy , in KY, USA
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